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The Group of Friends of Sudan urges the warring parties for an effective and sustainable ceasefire


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France, Germany, Norway, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States of America and the European Union, as members of the Group of Friends of Sudan, have expressed deep concern about the ongoing violence and the catastrophic humanitarian situation in Sudan, including reports related to violations of international humanitarian law and human rights, as well as the widespread looting of humanitarian supplies.

In a statement, the group strongly urged the warring parties to stop the fighting and attacks on civilians, to agree to an effective and sustainable ceasefire, to ensure safe, rapid and unimpeded humanitarian access, to respect international humanitarian law, and to work for a return to the political process. It called on the warring parties urgently to abide by their pledges agreed upon in the declaration of May 11, 2023, to abide by the protection of civilians in Sudan, to abide by the ceasefire declared on May 20, 2023, and to return to the Jeddah dialogue to resolve issues related to violations and reach a commitment to a ceasefire, stressing the necessity to protect humanitarian supplies and workers. to ensure that aid reaches those in need.

In its statement, the group said: “We support all international and regional efforts working to stop hostilities and resolve this conflict.. In this context, we would like to reiterate our unwavering support for the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS) and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General Volker Perthes and their tireless work To help the Sudanese people in their aspirations for a civil transition, freedom, peace and justice.”

At the end of its statement, the group added: “We call on the parties to the conflict to respond to the calls of the Sudanese people for freedom, peace and justice by resolving their differences peacefully, leading to the resumption of political dialogue.”